Our Architecture Services include all the
steps necessary to bring your building vision to reality.
The Programming phase entails the gathering of information relating
to the activities and functions of the proposed structure, be
it home, office, or complex. Issues usually considered include
storage, circulation requirements, identification of public and
private spaces, functional relationships between individuals,
special equipment requirements, electrical/mechanical demands,
qualitative information regarding clients preferences for finishes,
colors, and furnishings, site constraints regarding view, circulation
and building access, zoning requirements, and, of course, design
intent or style.
The Design Guy team, using the Client's statement of space needs,
determines tentative space and volume requirements for each space
and/or function on the basis of the number of persons involved,
equipment/furniture used, and nature of the activity of that space
and/or function. When the relationships between units are not
obvious, an in-depth and comprehensive study of all activities
is conducted. Site requirements and activities relative to the
satisfaction of the different inhabitants’ desires and goals
are also delineated at this stage.
From written studies, the project budget, programming information
and other investigations as outlined above, The Design Guy team
is then able to comprehend the proposed project and proceed to
the next phase - Schematic Design.
The objectives of the Schematic Design phase are to illustrate
to the client the project’s feasibility and to describe
the total scope of the project. Much of the Schematic Design phase
is devoted to testing ideas and design concepts. Several solutions
may be studied or presented. The prime objective, however, is
to secure the client's approval of the plans.
The outcome of the Schematic Design phase is typically small-scale
line drawings of principle site plans and floor plans. These are
the result of the Design Guy team drafting simple functional space
diagrams meeting the program requirements. Each small component
of this plan is drawn and placed together with other components
in the best possible relationship to optimize a wide array of
variables, including but not restricted to circulation, site constraints,
Actual design is the result of a process combining intuition
and experience to meet the program requirements. Ideas and solutions
are studied through the use of sketches, which in this phase consist
of line drawings indicating size, shape and relationships to other
objects and/or spaces.
The Schematic Design phase does not result in a fully realized
architectural rendering, but rather it contains the essence of
the project so that the vision can be agreed upon and further
developed during the next phase - the Design Development phase.
The Design Development Phase is the point at which the actual
form and character of the Project is fully established.
Although the Schematic Design phase will appropriately be used
in describing the Project to the Client for his approval, the
Design Development phase must fully describe the project through
more refined and informative architectural drawings, so the Design
Guy team and Client can fully understand all the design aspects
of the project before moving to the next phase, which is the Contract
All design work will be completed during this phase, so that
during the Contract Document phase the Design Guy team and its
consultants need only be concerned with the necessary documentation
required to construct the project or specify furnishings.
The Design Development phase typically includes plans, elevations,
sections, details, room finish schedules, and notes as required
to fix and describe the project as to all architectural requirements.
These Design Development documents are prepared from the approved
Schematic Design studies, and when approved themselves, they form
the basis of the Contract Documents.
When all decisions concerning the design of the project are made
during the two design phases, (Schematic Design and Design Development),
the remainder of the Design Guy team’s architectural related
services can be rendered more efficiently, because the documents
generated during the Design Development phase represent the final
design. At this point in the project, the Contract Documents need
only be concerned with detailing the design for construction,
implementation, and acquisition of furniture and furnishings (if
Upon approval of the Design Development phase the Design Guy
team proceeds with the preparation of Contract Documents, commonly
referred to as Construction Documents and Specifications. Construction
Documents and Specifications developed during this phase set forth
the detailed requirements for the construction of the entire project.
Additionally, specifications for custom furniture and finishes
can also be completed during this phase but under a separate agreement
(see: Interior Design Services).
The Construction Administration phase includes periodic observation
by the Design Guy team of work in progress at the job site to
ensure compliance with the Contract Documents; resolution of field
problems as they arise; maintenance of progress logs; processing
of field directives, change orders, contractor's submittals, sample
approvals, and the like; preparation of a punch list at substantial
completion of work; review of contractor compliance with corrections
required on the punch list and issuance of certificate(s) for
The Design Guy team offers services of long-range and master
planning for properties big and small. Whether you own an 8-acre
parcel on San Juan Island or 800 hectares in Lagos, the Design
Guy team utilizes a broad depth of imagination, experience, and
resources to analyze short and long term land development.
The Design Guy team offers corporate and medical space planning,
tenant improvement design, and construction document related services.
Our experience encompasses corporate offices, retail centers,
restaurants, and medical facilities covering virtually every specialty
known - from outpatient surgical facilities to multi-specialty
Just Design and ONLY Design:
The Design Guy team offers architectural design services to projects
with other architects. Yes, you heard right - the sad truth is
that most architects are not good designers. Design is not taught,
but is experienced and learned through observation of the environment
and attention to specifications. There are great architects and
there are great designers, and if you peel a few layers of the
onion back at those big architectural firms, you will most likely
find talented designers behind the architects. And often we are